Also called mineworker. a person who works in a mine, especially a commercial mine producing coal or metallic ores.
a mechanical device used in mining: a miner for extracting ores from the ocean floor.
any of several Australian birds of the genus Manorina, feeding on honey and typically having a loud call.
any of various insect larvae that create tunnels in the parenchyma of leaves.
(formerly) a person who places or lays military or naval mines.

1225–75; mine2 + -er1; replacing Middle English minour < Anglo-French (see -or2)

miner, minor, myna.
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miner (ˈmaɪnə)
1.  a person who works in a mine
2.  Also called: continuous miner a large machine for the automatic extraction of minerals, esp coal, from a mine
3.  See also leaf miner any of various insects or insect larvae that bore into and feed on plant tissues
4.  (Austral) See noisy miner any of several honey-eaters of the genus Manorina, esp M. melanocephala (noisy miner), of scrub regions

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late 13c., from O.Fr. minour, from miner "to mine" (see mine (n.); mine (v.)).
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The miners, by now nearly all immigrants, were being ruthlessly exploited.
Some believe that calico is haunted by the spirits of miners.
As a result, many miners and their families left to find work.
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